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May Book Club

  • May 1, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Cindy's House

Our May selection is "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride

From Booklist

Abolitionist John Brown calls her “Little Onion,” but her real name is Henry. A slave in Kansas mistaken for a girl due to the sackcloth smock he was wearing when Brown shot his master, the light-skinned, curly-haired 12-year-old ends up living as a young woman, most often encamped with Brown’s renegade band of freedom warriors as they traverse the country, raising arms and ammunition for their battle against slavery.

Though they travel to Rochester, New York, to meet with Frederick Douglass and Canada to enlist the help of Harriet Tubman, Brown and his ragtag army fail to muster sufficient support for their mission to liberate African Americans, heading inexorably to the infamously bloody and pathetic raid on Harpers Ferry.

Dramatizing Brown’s pursuit of racial freedom and insane belief in his own divine infallibility through the eyes of a child fearful of becoming a man, best-selling McBride (Song Yet Sung, 2008) presents a sizzling historical novel that is an evocative escapade and a provocative pastiche of Larry McMurtry’s salty western satires and William Styron’s seminal insurrection masterpiece, The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967).

McBride works Little Onion’s low-down patois to great effect, using the savvy but scared innocent to bring a fresh immediacy to this sobering chapter in American history. --Carol Haggas

Don't forget to bring a shareable nosh or beverage.

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  • Shay

    I'm not going to be able to make it tonight after all. I'm sorry to miss it!

    May 1, 2014

  • Brenda

    This sounds great! I am sorry to have missed last night's discussion of The Hundred Foot Journey - I loved the book. Looking forward to May!

    1 · April 4, 2014

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